Cooper's Eye on the Left: Woody's not the weird one

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Woody's not the weird one

May 14th, 2018 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

Actor Woody Harrelson, who vowed to live a life of "extreme hedonism," says Vice President Mike Pence, a committed Christian, is the odd one of the two 1980s Hanover College graduates.

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Actor mocks Pence

Two former Hanover College students have gone their separate ways since the 1980s, one to a lifestyle of admitted "extreme hedonism" and one to the vice presidency of the United States. But it's the latter who is the odd one, the former says.

Actor Woody Harrelson "thought Mike Pence was a pretty good guy" who was "very religious" and "very committed," he said last week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Now, he said, Pence still has "that kind of fervor that you really don't want."

He is one of many celebrities to mock the vice president's Christian faith.

Pence is "just a whole different brand of religious," Harrelson said.

The actor said he was once religious and considered becoming a minister but is "not quite in that ball park now."

"I just kind of went a different way," Harrelson said, adding that he decided he could "put this whole thing on hold for a while."

He said he was still "a party animal" but had sworn off marijuana after 30 years of advocacy and even believed in God — but not the Christian God. He said he believed in God again after reading "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda.

Pence graduated from the Presbyterian school in Hanover, Ind., in 1981 and Harrelson in 1983.


Down under, she persisted

Multiple members of her party have stated publicly they wish she would just go away, and, by golly, Hillary Clinton told New Zealanders last week, she almost did.

The 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee told a crowd of some 3,000 people in Auckland that she had received multiple offers to take a job in that country and that she thought about living there for the rest of her life.

"I must say I really did appreciate the offers," Clinton, 70, said. "Gave them some thought. But I'm going to stay put because we have work to do in my country as well."

She didn't report what husband Bill's reaction to her permanent vacation might have been nor of the collective sigh of relief that would have been expressed by members of her party had she made the decision to relocate to the southwest Pacific nation.


It's what they believe

Democrats don't just believe the United States ought to protect all illegal immigrants who come into the country. They believe the U.S. ought to welcome any or all who want to come.

The deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee made his feelings abundantly clear last weekend when he wore a T-shirt calling for the elimination of national borders when he walked in a May Day parade.

The T-shirt worn by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., read "yo no creo en fronteras," which is Spanish for "I don't believe in borders."

If anyone had any questions about how far left the party has drifted, a January Harvard-Harris poll found that 32 percent of Democrats support "basically open borders."


And it goes on

What does it cost to be a conservative student on a university campus today?

At one Texas school, a man who told fellow students of his pro-gun views in a private conversation was demoted from student government president to vice president and had an academic excellence award revoked when he arrived to attend the ceremony to which he'd been invited to receive the award.

The Lone Star College-Tomball administrator who told Quade Lancaster "from one white person to another" that he was demoted from his student government position for his opinions on gun control was the same administrator who later told him he wouldn't receive his academic award because his invitation was in error.

"I feel like if I just let it go and agree to their terms ," he said, "that it won't change what the current issue is, which is liberal bias on college campuses. Change needs to happen in this country or we are all going to be in a lot of trouble."

Neither the school nor the administrator would comment on the issue, according to Campus Reform.

Meanwhile, a student at the University of New York-Oswego received a reprimand because she had read a letter by a conservative woman at an open-mic night describing the "mental and emotional" abuse she and others had taken on the campus over their beliefs.

"It sickens me to death that the people that preach tolerance and acceptance of all people," the letter reads, "are so openly against us and our beliefs."

The reprimand sent to the woman who read the letter, Nicole Miller, said "a few of our students were deeply hurt by some of your remarks" and that the administration didn't want anyone to think "your views are that of the Lifestyles Center," where the event was held.

"It sickens me to know that the administration here cares so little about us being attacked for what we believe in," she said, "but will praise any decisions the other side makes."

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